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An Introduction to Seepage, Slope and Settlement of Levees

COURSE NO: G02-011
An Introduction to Seepage, Slope and Settlement of Levees
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides an introduction to the methods for controlling seepage and settlement in the construction of levees as well as generally acceptable guidelines for levee slopes.


Without control, underseepage in pervious foundations beneath levees may result in excessive hydrostatic pressures beneath an impervious top stratum on the landside, sand boils, and piping beneath the levee itself. Underseepage problems are most acute where a pervious substratum underlies a levee and extends both landward and riverward of the levee and where a relatively thin top stratum exists on the landside of the levee. To alleviate these problems, principal seepage control measures for foundation underseepage including: cutoff trenches, riverside impervious blankets, landside seepage berms, pervious toe trenches, and pressure relief wells, are implemented.


This 2 PDH online course is intended for civil engineers as well as other design and construction managers interested in learning about, or are involved in, the design and construction of levees.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning about site specific monitoring programs
  • Understanding the fundamental requirements for extraction wells
  • Knowing how frequently extraction wells should be monitored
  • Understanding the importance of balancing techniques for multiple extraction wells
  • Learning about perimeter LFG migration control
  • Learning how to address leachate blockage issues at extraction wells
  • Understanding the importance of monitoring conditions that may lead to landfill fires
  • Learning how to employ LFG monitoring probes
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the document titled, “An Introduction to Seepage, Slope and Settlement of Levees”.

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An Introduction to Seepage, Slope and Settlement of Levees (510 KB)
Course Quiz

Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.

The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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